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Make a Photo Collage Gift

Updated on September 6, 2017
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Christmas is a month-long state of mind for me. This festive time of loved ones, parties, gifts, and religious celebrations is so special.

Take New Photos Or Existing Ones to Make a Photo Collage for a Gift

You camera doesn't have to be this fancy. The ones you take with your phone will work quite well for the project.
You camera doesn't have to be this fancy. The ones you take with your phone will work quite well for the project. | Source

A Photo Collage Makes a Very Personal Gift for Christmas or Other Occasion

It doesn't require lots of Photoshop skills to make an art print, print on canvas, or a poster collage. Sites like Zazzle or Shutterfly make it easy for you.

I've provided some tips for making these and also some examples from my own family. Hopefully, these will inspire you to make a collage from your own family pictures or for a friend. Get started right away, so you'll have plenty of time to gather the pictures and make the collage.

Steps in Making a Photo Collage on Zazzle

  1. Sign up on for a free account.
  2. Upload photos from your computer to Zazzle.
  3. Select a project such as an art print or poster.
  4. Place your photos on the template, resizing them to make room for multiple photos.
  5. Rearrange the photos until you are happy with the layout
  6. Order the finished collage. Allow several weeks for printing and shipping.

The Genealogist in Your Family Will Love a Collage Poster of Ancestors


Make a Photo Collage for the Family Genealogist

Most families have someone who keeps the family history and hunts for ancestors. They will be thrilled with someone takes an interest and asks for photos of the great-grandparents.

They will be even more thrilled when they open their Christmas or birthday gift and see the collage you created for them. They will want to hang it over their computer desk where they do their genealogy work and it will inspire them to keep hunting for more of those elusive ancestors.

My brother and his hot rods over the years. The collage was poster sized so I could put a lot of pictures on it.
My brother and his hot rods over the years. The collage was poster sized so I could put a lot of pictures on it. | Source

Make a Photo Collage for Someone in a Nursing Home

I have a family member who has been in a nursing home for a number of years after being paralyzed by a stroke. I wanted to make a poster for his room that would be a collage of him and his cars.

The online photo sites make it really easy to put together. There are ones like Shutterfly or Zazzle to make your poster. This makes a good gift for their birthday or for Christmas.

I contacted the family, asking for pictures to supplement the ones I had. A side benefit of this poster project is you get more family photos digitized for sharing online. It gives them an incentive to get the photos out of the shoebox and to scan them.

The recipient of the poster will enjoy seeing a collage of their lives and it brightens up their room. An additional benefit is the staff views the person differently when they realize what their life was like.

The poster can be a talking point for visitors who sometimes flounder for topics to chat about. You have time to make one before Christmas or you could make it for a birthday or other occasion.

Keep Memories Alive Through Pictures

Collages Save the Memories of Someone Who Is Gone


Think about the Recipient When You Choose the Subjects

Everyone in the family will want a poster or print of this collection of pictures to remember their loved one after he has passed on. The pictures don't all have to be postcard perfect, but look for ones that truly represent the character and interests of the subject.

It Doesn't Have to Be People - How about Their Pets or a Favorite Toy

Who Can Resist a Collage of Their Pet!

Assemble this the same way you would with photos of people.
Assemble this the same way you would with photos of people. | Source

© 2017 Virginia Allain


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